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Foreigners this way

No nauseating pictures, please

Hoping that we can live next to each other in peace

Let the Mail guide you to good food

Seeking RAST

Now knows what the buses are

Foreigners this way

Dear Editor,

I work in Bangkok and am on a few days leave, going through my books in the little hut in Chiang Mai. As always when in the valley, one of the first things is to go up to Doi Suthep and admire the view. I have done this since I arrived in Thailand in 1983. This time, after climbing the nearly 300 steps, which is a real pleasure in the crisp mountain air, I found a huge sign: FOREIGNERS THIS WAY, so of course I followed it. I found a ticket counter and was asked to pay 30 B admission; of course I politely declined and went back to the car.

I have seen the temple once too often; it was recently restored with all the fake marble and tasteless decorations you find in the houses of the new rich the world over. The charm of old Doi Suthep has gone and I will not fail to spread the news around, which should result in a few less tickets sold, to the “Foreigners This Way”.

Tourism, corrupting even religious institutions, is not always a good thing, although a lot of businesses are making a very comfortable living out of it.

Regards,

Foreigner going the other way


No nauseating pictures, please

Dear Chiangmai Mail,

You seem to be everywhere. There is hardly anything that you miss out on. What a task you took on! The mixture between news for/from Thais and farangs is very nicely balanced. I was always wondering what was happening in CM, but being illiterate in Thai, could never understand Thai news.

The big (and positive) difference between your reporting and Thai reporting is that you do not print these nauseating and humiliating photos of corpses lying on the street somewhere and I am positive you have them as well. It shows that your team looks at the paper with a ‘farang’ eye.

I thoroughly enjoy the interviews and the good mix of Thai personalities, farang residents and even women as local personalities, which is still not taken for granted. It also shows the variety of nationalities and characters living in this town.

Just go on bringing us our weekly news, we look forward to it every Saturday.

Claire Sato


Hoping that we can live next to each other in peace

Editor;

I do not know if it is my imagination but every week there seems to be more news and more interesting things in your paper. You seem to cover most informative aspects and themes anyone can wish for living in a foreign country.

I look forward to reading (almost) every column and, regarding your mailbag, could not agree more with Simon Welch (Vol.27) who hopefully survived his vacation. He thinks people driving here seem to be suicidal and sometimes it does seem to be. But since we, as guests of this country, cannot change this, we just have to live with it, hoping that one day we can all live next to each other in peace.

Regarding moaning people - this is a chance for everybody who doesn’t like it here or who wants everything as it is ‘at home’. Guess you know what I mean.

Sincerely,

Hui Yi Yangmi


Let the Mail guide you to good food

Dear Chiangmai Mail,

I have followed your articles and news for quite some time now and we (my wife and I) are surprised anew every week, of how much is going on in Chiang Mai. If you live a little bit outside the city, it seems like a very sleepy ‘village’ but reading what’s happening, this can’t be true.

We enjoy the cultural features very much, and information regarding the ‘social scenes’ and seriously considering becoming a member of one of the service clubs. It sure would be fun sometimes to dress up and do well at the same time.

It is also an enjoyment to recognize some of the people we have seen in the social scene photos, because we normally stay a little isolated, which we are considering has to be changed.

Very much our interest is your ‘Dining Out’ column which we follow almost every time. To criticize it, would be wrong, because we believe that it is not your fault if the service is not as satisfying as when you were there. But about 90% of what you reported was exactly the same. For us it became a fun part now to wait for the newspaper and see where we will go dining that weekend. A real challenge since you do not only report about high-class restaurants but also try to find hidden places in sois we otherwise would never even know existed.

Sincerely,

Jon and Elisabeth Keijzer


Seeking RAST

Dear Sir,

I received from a friend, who lives temporarily in Chiangmai, a copy of Chiangmai Mail. On side 10/11 are addresses of clubs in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any info about RAST (Radio Amateur Society of Thailand) Chiangmai branch. Is it possible to find it out?

For your help, thanks a lot.

Happy weekend & kind regards,

Hans-Jürg

Editor replies: After a long, arduous search (about 5 minutes) this is what we found out: Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, Chiang Mai Province, contact Mr. Rungroj Chantarungsri, president of RAST, Chiang Mai Office, 112/1 Moo 7, Tambon Faharm, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50300, tel. 053 853025, fax 053 852416.


Now knows what the buses are

Dear Sir, Madame,

Just a quick ‘Thank You’ regarding the information in Vol. 27 regarding the already launched air-condition bus project. I really hope it will be successful and relieve the traffic situation a little bit because these last weekends, it was just unbearable.

If Chiangmai Mail would not have given this information, I guess all farang residents of Chiang Mai would still be wondering what these buses are about in 6-months time.

Hope to get more positive news from you…

A regular reader and fan,

Pascal Hertz